The Monday Milers is a companion hiking group but slightly more challenging than the “Monday Rollers”. The average moving pace is two (2) to two and a half (2.5) mph. Our distances will be 4 – 8 miles and usually moderate elevation changes. We stop for interesting events (animals, plants, and scenery).
Regular departure time and place: The Lowe’s Home Center at the curb closest to and parallel with US 64. Start time is 9:00 AM. Please try to be there by 8:45 AM to allow time for sign-up, car arrangements (we usually carpool with a fee for the driver’s car), and visiting.
Hike leader: Richard Mayberry 828 884-4398 (h), 704 236-4398 (c), firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in trying these hikes but have questions please contact Richard Mayberry.
MONDAY MILERS SPRING HIKING SCHEDULE
Adventures with Richard. All who wander are not lost.” JRR Tolkein
April 2nd KING’S CREEK, TO ART LOEB, TO CAT GAP LOOP
7 miles estimated, 1,00’ climb estimated, R7, car fee $2.00
From private property (spring flowers/Shortia viewing) up King’s Creek to Horse Cove Road trail. We then pick up the Art Loeb/Cat Gap trails hiking to the Fish Hatchery.
April 9th SOAPSTONE RIDGE
6.8 miles, 800’ climb, R6, $3.00
From the Gauging Tower off Yellow Gap Rd. we hike in on the South Mills River trail, take a left onto a “user trail” hike up Soapstone Ridge to Barnett Branch, right, then down to Pink Beds, right, right again on the connector trail returning to our cars.
April 16th BUCK SPRINGS TO PISGAH INN
6.5 miles, 500’ climb, R6, car fee: $4.00
A shuttle: Leave car(s) at the Pisgah Inn, we will begin our hike at the Buck Springs parking on Highway 276. Plan to have lunch at the Pisgah Inn.
April 23rd IVESTOR GAP TO ART LOEB TO SHINING ROCK TO 276
10 plus miles, 1,000’ estimated climb, R9, car fee $5.00
A shuttle hike, start at Big Sam parking, hike Ivestor Gap to the Art Loeb Trail, to Shining Rock. This is an extended hike.
April 30th BEARWALLOW MOUNTAIN/Trambore Trail
5 miles estimated, 800’ climb estimated, R6, car fee: $4.00
From Bear Wallow Road we hike up Bearwallow mountain on Bearwallow trail and the Trambore Trail.
May 7th FLAT LAUREL CREEK/ BIG SAM LOOP
4.5 miles, 900’ climb, R5, car fee: $5.00
Big Sam parking, Flat Laurel Creek trail to Big Sam trail up to summit, lunch, return to car(s).
May 14th CAT GAP LOOP/JOHN ROCK
6.6 miles, 1,200’ climb, R7, $2.00
From the Fish Hatchery we hike counterclockwise.
May 21st PISGAH RIDGE/SKINNY DIP FALLS via GRAVEYARD FIELDS
4.6 miles, 500’ climb, R4, $4.50
Shuttle, start at the intersection of 816 and the BRP, hike Pisgah Ridge to Graveyard Fields to the MST to Skinny Dip Falls, lunch, then to the Looking Glass overalook.
May 28th BALCK BALSAM/TENNANT MOUNTAIN
5 miles, 700’ climb, R6, $5.00
From Big Sam parking we go up Black Balsam, then Tennant, returning on the Ivestor Gap trail.
June 4th HIKE WITH “ROLLERS”
June 11th HIKE WITH “ROLLERS”
June 18th HIKE WITH “ROLLERS”
June 25th MOUNTAINS TO SEA, GREEN KNOB TRAIL
6 miles, 700’ climb, R5, $5.00
A shuttle, from 215 near the BRP we hike SW on the MTS to Green Knob Trail, short distance to lunch, then back to the MST to parking.